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Developing A Collaborative Virtual Learning Environment Between Students In Cross Disciplines To Meet The New College Structure, Ruairi Hayden, Fiacra P. Mcdonnell Jan 2012

Developing A Collaborative Virtual Learning Environment Between Students In Cross Disciplines To Meet The New College Structure, Ruairi Hayden, Fiacra P. Mcdonnell

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p> Integrated project delivery is a rapidly developing approach to design and construction that uses business structures, new technologies and newly developing practices to collaboratively use the talents and contributions of all participants in the design and construction process. This project replicates this approach by creating a collaborative project between the Department of Construction Management and Technology and the Department of Quantity Surveying. The term “collaborative learning” refers to an instruction method in which students at various performance levels work together in small groups towards a common goal. The students are responsible for one another’s learning as well as ...


Research Methodology At Level 8 And 9: A Web-Enabled Approach, Daire Hooper Jan 2012

Research Methodology At Level 8 And 9: A Web-Enabled Approach, Daire Hooper

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This research explored the potential use of webinars as a method of course delivery in the College of Business, Dublin Institute of Technology. In-depth interviews were conducted with a purposive sample of students to gain insights into their experience with webinars and to delve into how they interacted with the webinar, whether they would prefer this mode of delivery in the future and to assess their overall perceptions of webinars. Findings indicated that students found the webinar to be a novel and innovative way for delivering course content, however, students reported having connectivity issues and at times encountered audio problems ...


Dit Teaching Fellowship Reports 2011-2012, Jen Harvey Jan 2012

Dit Teaching Fellowship Reports 2011-2012, Jen Harvey

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Critical Thinking, Critical Theory: Cross-School First Year Module In Critical Analysis, Tim Stott, Mary Ann Bolger, Noel Fitzpatrick, Niamh-Ann Kelly Jan 2012

Critical Thinking, Critical Theory: Cross-School First Year Module In Critical Analysis, Tim Stott, Mary Ann Bolger, Noel Fitzpatrick, Niamh-Ann Kelly

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The objective of the project was threefold. Firstly, to propose a first year module entitled “Developing Critical Skills”, to be available across Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), which would promote, through the analysis of cultural artefacts, the analytical and rhetorical skills of first year students across different disciplines. Secondly, to test and evaluate appropriate assessment procedures for such a module. Thirdly, to explore innovative methods of curriculum design process for interdisciplinary learning. The anticipated benefits of such a module were originally imagined to be the development of students who would possess critical competences with broad application, who would be reflective ...


An Activity-Based Approach To The Learning And Teaching Of Research Methods: Measuring Student Engagement And Learning, Eimear Fallon, Terry Prendergast, Stephen Walsh Jan 2012

An Activity-Based Approach To The Learning And Teaching Of Research Methods: Measuring Student Engagement And Learning, Eimear Fallon, Terry Prendergast, Stephen Walsh

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The project had three separate, linked objectives: (a) the development of a module in Research Methods which embraces an activity based approach to learning in a group environment;(b) to improve participation by all students and (c) to devise more rigorous and equitable assessment methods. This module was previously taught through a traditional lecture-based format. It was felt that student engagement was poor and learning was limited. It was believed that successful completion of the development of the module would equip students with a deeply learned battery of research skills to take into their further academic and professional careers. Student ...


Scaffolding For Cognitive Overload Using Pre-Lecture E-Resources (Scope) For First Year Chemistry Undergraduates, Claire M. Mcdonnell, Christine O'Connor, Sarah Rawe Jan 2012

Scaffolding For Cognitive Overload Using Pre-Lecture E-Resources (Scope) For First Year Chemistry Undergraduates, Claire M. Mcdonnell, Christine O'Connor, Sarah Rawe

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The aims of this project were: to develop additional online pre-lecture resources for first year chemistry undergraduates at level 7 and 8 to complement those prepared in the 2010/2911 academic year for level 8 students by Dr. Michael Seery as part of his teaching fellowship, and to evaluate the effect of implementing the resources with this year by analysing quantitative (test and exam results) and qualitative (pre-and post-implementation surveys and focus group interviews) data. Ten pre-lecture activities on organic chemistry were prepared and used with 87 level 8 students in Semester 2 and ten more on general chemistry topics ...


Developing A Course In Media Entrepreneurship, Kate Shanahan Jan 2012

Developing A Course In Media Entrepreneurship, Kate Shanahan

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The objective of this teaching fellowship was to develop a module in Digital Media Entrepreneurship for the fourth year BA journalism students in Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), the pilot to run in the Semester beginning September 2012. Part 1 of this research involved a survey of the students prior to the pilot to ascertain their attitudes to and expectations of a module in media entrepreneurship, as well as their skill sets. Part 2 will take place after the pilot to see whether these expectations have been met and whether the students’ skill sets have improved. Unlike other modules on ...


Oral Communication Apprehension: An Exploration In Addressing Fear Of Public Speaking, Dan Shanahan Jan 2012

Oral Communication Apprehension: An Exploration In Addressing Fear Of Public Speaking, Dan Shanahan

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Several research studies have identified oral communication as a skill employers desire of their workforce, and so, accounting and business education programmes place considerable emphasis on the development of communication competencies among students. However, not all students appear to benefit as desired from communication skills development. Prior research indicates this may arise from a fear of communicating, commonly known as oral communication apprehension, a factor which inhibits his/her capability to develop effective communication skills.

Many prior studies have measured oral communication apprehension of students in different disciplines, and there has been some qualitative exploration of the phenomenon. This paper ...